1971: Summer 2016

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Mary McMunigal Burland

Mindy Laighton Wilcox

Mary McMunigal Burland attended the reunion and reported the following:  “On a beautiful weekend in June, the class of 1971 returned to Hood to again find “a place in the sun for 71″ at our 45th reunion!  It was a three-day celebration that featured good food, great company, and endless conversation.  We were a small, but enthusiastic group of 16 alums and one brave husband!  Some of us have attended many reunions while others like Cathy Moon McClure and Betsy Ziegler were attending their first one.  Betsy Cooper Pizzolato, Diane Miller Jackson, Cathy Moon McClure, Betsy Ziegler, Janice Butz, Sharon Brown Vejvoda, and I once again enjoyed the joys of dorm life in Shriner.  On Friday evening we had a wonderful Maryland themed picnic in Coblentz Dining Hall.  Saturday began with Hood’s new President’s first state of the college speech followed by the Alumni Luncheon in the Volpe Athletic Center.  Edith Purdie, Connie Dawley Seeley ’72, and Linda Wicks Crites ’72 joined us for the luncheon. We were very proud of our classmate, Dr. L. Martha Thomas, P’99, P’09, who received the Distinguished Alumni Award!  Saturday evening we were joined by Gail Haulenbeek, Nancy Sword Hollyfield, Lynn Patterson Jacobs, Barbara Hasbrouck Murphy, Marlene McGibbon Santucci, Lucinda Tyson, and Jan Renn as we enjoyed the all class dinner in the Volpe Athletic Center.  I am sure no one will be surprised to learn that our class was still celebrating after all the other classes had left!  Sunday began with the traditional favorite, Strawberry Breakfast, followed by a chapel service before we all went our separate ways.  Although we all had a marvelous time, it was a bit disappointing that so few classmates were able to attend.  One of the best things about reunion weekend is the joy we share in talking with classmates who we did not really know well during our student days.  Each time I return from a reunion, I realize that I spoke with some classmates more in those few days than I did in our four years at Hood! All of us who were present for our 45th want all of our classmates to be present for our 50th (!!!) in 2021!  What a party that would be!” Janet Schultheis Plitt married the love of her life, Calvin, just after graduation. They discovered their fondness for road tripping, and have explored 48 states. While traveling, they scout antiquarian bookstores in search of readable collectibles for their home library. Janet’s 102-year old Dad, who still talks about Dad-and-Daughter Weekend, Calvin’s parents, three children and their spouses, and eight grandchildren all live locally, so they spend many days with family.  Calvin retired from cardiology practice in 2015, just as their son, David, began his cardiology career.  Daughters, Claire and Laura, enjoyed teaching careers and now practice their craft “at home” raising their children. She says she is filled with gratitude to God for His faithfulness in times of joy and challenge as the seasons of life move forward and cherishes those grand Hood memories. Roslyn Glantz Trojan retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel after almost 30 years of service.  As one of the first female officers to be integrated into the regular Army from the WAC Corps, she saw a lot of “firsts” for females in combat and leadership positions.  After the Army, she spent several years on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee specializing in Homeland Security and Defense.  She then worked for private industry and became a Senior Vice President with Michael Baker Jr. Engineering specializing in large program management projects.  Moving west to Colorado and then New Mexico, she opened her own management consultant firm with clients across the country and volunteered for ten years with a Veteran non-profit organization.  Roslyn is married to Hans-Georg Atzinger a retired German General Officer.  They met in 1991 in the US Army War College where Roslyn was Hans’ foreign student sponsor.  Friends for over 25 years, they married in 2014 after the deaths of their spouses.  The two couples were great friends in spite of living on two different continents.  She is now semi-retired and maintains a household both in Germany and in Albuquerque. She is stepmother and “Oma” to three grown children and three grandchildren.  She has been in touch with her roommate Elaine Alexander and with Donna Eaton Mahoney both of whom are doing well and busy in their own semi retirements.  She would love to hear from Hood friends and can be reached at rglant0310@outlook.com.

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